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SPSS: Employees and Revenue Large Automotive Companies

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Data Set "B" is on last page. Choose the dependent variable (the response variable to be "explained") and the independent variable (the predictor or explanatory variable) as you judge appropriate. Use a spreadsheet or a statistical package (e.g., MegaStat or MINITAB) to obtain the bivariate regression and required graphs. Write your answers to exercises 12.28 through 12.43 (or those assigned by your instructor) in a concise report, labeling your answers to each question. Insert tables and graphs in your report as appropriate. You may work with a partner if your instructor allows it.

12.28 Are the variables cross-sectional data or time-series data?

12.29 How do you imagine the data were collected?

12.30 Is the sample size sufficient to yield a good estimate? If not, do you think more data could easily be obtained, given the nature of the problem?

12.31 State your a priori hypothesis about the sign of the slope. Is it reasonable to suppose a cause and effect relationship?

12.32 Make a scatter plot of Y against X. Discuss what it tells you.

12.33 Use Excel's Add Trendline feature to fit a linear regression to the scatter plot. Is a linear model credible?

12.34 Interpret the slope. Does the intercept have meaning, given the range of the data?

12.35 Use Excel, MegaStat, or MINITAB to fit the regression model, including residuals and standardized residuals.

12.36 (a) Does the 95 percent confidence interval for the slope include zero? If so, what does it mean? If not, what does it mean? (b) Do a two-tailed t test for zero slope at α = .05. State the hypotheses, degrees of freedom, and critical value for your test. (c) Interpret the p-value for the slope. (d) Which approach do you prefer, the t test or the p-value? Why? (e) Did the sample support your hypothesis about the sign of the slope?

12.37 (a) Based on the R2 and ANOVA table for your model, how would you assess the fit? (b) Interpret the p-value for the F statistic. (c) Would you say that your model's fit is good enough to be of practical value?

12.38 Study the table of residuals. Identify as outliers any standardized residuals that exceed 3 and as unusual any that exceed 2. Can you suggest any reasons for these unusual residuals?

12.39 (a) Make a histogram (or normal probability plot) of the residuals and discuss its appearance. (b) Do you see evidence that your regression may violate the assumption of normal errors?
12.40 Inspect the residual plot to check for heteroscedasticity and report your conclusions.

12.41 Is an autocorrelation test appropriate for your data? If so, perform one or more tests of the residuals (eyeball inspection of residual plot against observation order, runs test, and/or Durbin-Watson test).

12.42 Use MegaStat or MINITAB to generate 95 percent confidence and prediction intervals for various X-values.

12.43 Use MegaStat or MINITAB to identify observations with high leverage.

DATA SET B Employees and Revenue Large Automotive Companies in 1999 (n = 24) CarFirms

Company Employees Revenue Company Employees Revenue
BMW 119.9 35.9 MAN 64.1 13.8
DaimlerChrysler 441.5 154.6 Mazda Motor 31.9 16.1
Dana 86.4 12.8 Mitsubishi Motors 26.7 27.5
Denso 72.4 13.8 Nissan Motor 131.3 51.5
Fiat 220.5 51.0 Peugeot 156.5 37.5
Ford Motor 345.2 144.4 Renault 138.3 41.4
Fuji Heavy 19.9 10.6 Robert Bosch 189.5 28.6
General Motors 594.0 161.3 Suzuki Motor 13.9 11.4
Honda Motor 112.2 48.7 Toyota Motor 183.9 99.7
Isuzu Motors 28.5 12.7 TRW 78.0 11.9
Johnson Controls 89.0 12.6 Volkswagen 297.9 76.3
Lear 65.5 9.1 Volvo 70.3 26.8

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Instructions: Choose Data Set B below. Choose the dependent variable (the response variable to be "explained") and the independent variable (the predictor or explanatory variable) as you judge appropriate. Use a spreadsheet or a statistical package (e.g., MegaStat or MINITAB) to obtain the bivariate regression and required graphs. Write your answers to exercises 12.28 through 12.43 in a concise report (Use MS WORD ONLY), labeling your answers to each question. Insert tables and graphs in your report as appropriate in MS Word (ONLY).

12.28 Are the variables cross-sectional data or time-series data?
The variables are cross-sectional. The data is taken for various companies at a point in time.
12.29 How do you imagine the data were collected?
The data was collected from 24 companies at a time for the year 1999. Only a single data point is taken for every company.
12.30 Is the sample size sufficient to yield a good estimate? If not, do you think more data could easily be obtained, given the nature of the problem?
Sample size is low. Normally we require a minimum sample size of 30. The problem is the very nature of the data. We are collecting this information for the large automotive companies and there are not many such companies available. The nature of the automotive industry is such (huge capital investment) that only a small number of big players exist in the market.
12.31 State your a priori hypothesis about the sign of the slope. Is it reasonable to suppose a cause and effect relationship?
We expect that as the number of employees increases the revenue for the company should increase. Thus, the expected sign of the slope is positive. Yes, it is reasonable to assume a cause and effect relationship. More number of employees would mean more efforts (production) by the employees and hence more revenues to the firm.
12.32 Make a scatter plot of Y against X. Discuss what it tells you.

The scatter plot gives us an idea about the relationship between the X and Y variable. Here this indicates that as the number of employees increases the revenues of the firm increases. It also gives an Indication that the correlation between the two variables would be high as the points lie very close to imaginary straight line which would pass through the data points.

12.33 Use Excel's Add Trendline feature to fit a linear regression to the scatter plot. Is a linear model credible?

The value of r-square for the linear regression line is 0.8577 which means that number of employees is able to explain 85.77% variance in the revenues of the automotive firms. Which means ...

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